Le Corbusier, ‘Rare stool from Unite d'habitation, Nantes-Reze’, 1954-1955, Wright
Le Corbusier, ‘Rare stool from Unite d'habitation, Nantes-Reze’, 1954-1955, Wright

From the Catalogue:

“Everyone wants to treat art and architecture as a matter of taste, when I want to consider it as matter of knowledge.”—Donald Judd

Le Corbusier was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in 1887. As a child, Le Corbusier worked in his family’s trade of clock making. In 1917, he moved to Paris where he founded the artistic movement of purism, and began publishing a manifesto under the pseudonym of “Le Corbusier.” Later abandoning the purism movement to focus on architecture, Le Corbusier opened a design atelier with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret in 1922.

To Le Corbusier, houses were “machines for living in,” and he strove to make streamlined structures with function as their primary aim. Le Corbusier was among the first architects to champion textured concrete, as exemplified in his creation of the Unité d’habitation, a brutalist yet colorful residential housing structure in Nantes-Rezé. Le Corbusier believed that through design, he could create a utopia for the new age. In 1947 he received the opportunity to realize his vision of a modernist cosmopolitan center with the commission to design the entire city complex of Chandigarh, India. Le Corbusier worked with his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret on the creation and design of Chandigarh from 1947 until his death in 1965, and the city remains exemplary of Le Corbusier’s Utopian goals for architecture.—Courtesy of Wright

Manufacturer: Bidoilleau Frères

Le Corbusier: Furniture and Interiors 1905-1965, Ruegg, ppg. 337-338 Domus IV: 1955-1959, Fiell and Fiell, ppg. 107-111

Unite d'habitation, Nantes-Reze, France | Private Collection, France | Magen H Gallery, New York | Acquired from the previous by the present owner in 2006

About Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier was visionary writer, theorist, and architect, and a lesser-known painter. Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, he adopted his moniker when he began to author architectural designs and paintings. He had a fascination with proportion, modularity, and geometry, often taking his cue from classical architecture theory. His designs, however, were modernist and industrial. He fondly called houses “machines for living in,” and said that the base principal for design is that “it must be beautiful.” Le Corbusier was interested in solving what he called the problem of urban co-habitation, and produced a great number of designs for houses and apartment buildings. Le Corbusier worked at the atelier of Peter Behrens, the training grounds of other architectural masters like Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

French-Swiss, 1887-1965, La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, based in Paris, France

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